A simple method to prevent calcium embolization during aortic valve surgery

Eugenio Neri, Thomas Toscano, Giacomo Frati, Gianni Capannini, Federico Bizzarri, Carlo Sassi

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Calcium embolization is a potential complication of aortic valve surgery. Handling and débridement of calcified structures may lead to dislodgment of particles, which can fall into the left ventricular chamber. With restoration of the heartbeat, these particles are ejected into the systemic circulation, with subsequent peripheral or coronary embolism. We have developed a simple and safe method to prevent this condition; in our practice, we have found this method to be very effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-321
Number of pages2
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Aortic valve/surgery
  • Calcinosis/surgery
  • Cardiac surgical procedures/instrumentation
  • Embolism/prevention & control
  • Heart catheterization
  • Heart valve diseases/surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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